A. 16-20. Reflection. Questions #1. and #2.
Go back and review other choices that Dena could have made in the course of the module. Think carefully about what occurred and answer questions #1 and #2 completely and with well-prepared thoughtfulness. Be specific in your responses and write in well-constructed sentences.
See Grading Rubric for this portion.
Your responses need to demonstrate that you have followed and completed the module. (10 points together for questions 1 and 2; see rubric)
- The nursing program’s End-of-Program Student Learning Outcome #3 is:
Utilize holistic information to provide evidence-based patient care that contributes to continuously improving care processes
• Reflecting on this, what types of decisions that Dena made led to a positive outcome for the patient(s) and which ones led to negative outcomes?
Give an example of at least one positive outcome and at least one negative one. Explain how using evidence to make decisions is part of improving patient care processes.
In terms of infection control, the smallest decision can make all the difference in terms of outcome. This module is a good illustration of how decisions made by Dena lead to either a negative result or a positive outcome. From a positive point of view, Dena knew how to educate her colleagues at the right time and make the difference. Notably, when she stopped, educated Ashley about MRSA, and instructed her to wear her gowns and gloves before going back in the patient room. This action has helped to prevent the spread of infection. within the hospital and especially prevented the spread of the virus from one patient to another. The fight against infection may sometimes signify new commitments and holding yourself to a higher standard on behalf of your patients
Dena also did little professionalism in some cases, which led to either the death of a patient or the endangerment of others. Indeed, by allowing Ashley to enter the room of a patient suffering from MRSA without protective equipment. Her action then put all the patients in the hospital at risk for sepsis infection. A stronger commitment to following standard precaution can save countless lives and avoid a tragic end for patients.
- The nursing program’s End-of-Program Student Learning Outcome #2 is:
Communicate effectively to deliver coordinated, interprofessional care through teamwork and collaboration.
• A. Is infection prevention a team responsibility or an individual one or both? Why?
it is a team responsibility to prevent infection in health care settings. Every single person involves with the patient should be concerned by the prevention and the infection control, even family member. As we saw on the video, the negative outcome related to the sepsis issue that leads to the death of the patient start with a misconduct of a family member you did not remove her gloves after carrying or her sick dad. Therefore, everybody else on the team did not follow the prevention rules. The rest of the health care team should have cut the chain of infection if they had followed the principles of prevention. We have nurse Dena who, in addition to not educating the daughter of the patient suffering from MRSA, does not find it useful to disinfect the contaminated space by the infected gangs. Then the disaster continued with the lack of professionalism of the medical team, especially the newly hired nurse who did not wash these hands before slipping these gangs, nor followed the protocol when she removed these gangs while she performed his procedure. We also have the young doctor who dare not question the experience of his colleague for fear of being frowned upon. All of this series of fact shows us how active, educational, and conscious collaboration can change the game regarding infection control.
• B. How does the teamwork and collaboration within a healthcare team affect accountability in infection prevention? Give an example from the module that illustrates where interprofessional collaboration was critical to patient care.
Good teamwork and good collaboration can make a difference concerning infection control. It is sometimes enough for everyone to have the goodwill to make the patient’s safety success. As the video shows, us sometimes shows something simple like sharing ideas and concerns as Dena did during the meeting about the relationship between the use of catheters and the prevention of urinary tract infection during the session despite her apprehensions about the reactions of her colleagues can make a huge difference in infection control. The team was afraid of having to work a little more, but with the help of Janice and a bit of initiative on her own, Dena was able to lead the boat of infection control in the right direction. This collaboration between her, Janice, and these colleagues promote and support the philosophies of patient free of infection.
• C. Describe personal accountability in relationship to infection control in a patient care setting and explain the nurse’s role in infection prevention. Give an example of where Dena took personal responsibility for preventing the spread of infection.
Personal responsibility is the key in the fight against the spread of infection in a hospital environment. Actions took by Dena well illustrated that though. For example, when reassuring and convincing the daughter of the patient with CDF of the protective equipment when visiting his mother, or when she correct the doctor Green who had contaminated his sterile field during the insertion of the catheter, or when she stood up and educated Kelley, a daughter of the patient with MRSA and correct by cleaning on the infected counter . All of these personal actions and decisions taken by Dena lead to positive outcomes such as decreasing the rate of urinary tract infections associated with catheter insertion, protecting patients from sepsis. This positive end demonstrates that the responsibility for control of all and sometimes small things like washing hands, respecting the protocol of precautions, speaking up and initiating rithg actions and ideas at the right moment makes all the difference in the guarantee of safety and the interest of patients confort.